|Lydia with her bucket of seawater|
|Yum, yum - fish & chips!|
When we woke up on Monday morning we were greeted with blue skies and a sunny forecast. That meant only one thing - today would be a beach day. We packed up towels and beach toys, as well as balls and a kite, and made our way to Hayle's sandy shores. The beach at the holiday camp was huge, the sand stretching off into the distance to the left and the right. We picked a spot and laid down the towels, then it was time to see how Lydia would react the sand and the chilly sea.
|Enjoying mussels in|
So, that was pretty much the last of the sun for the rest of the week, aside from a couple of hours of blue sky on the Friday. We were instead treated to clouds, occasional (and sometimes torrential) rain, and near-gale force winds. That meant we were stuck being cooped up inside for a lot of the time, which is not ideal when you have a small child, as they really need to get out every day.
|Fun in the swimming pool|
As our holiday came to an end, it was time for us to head back to the airport, and make our way home. We left the holiday camp nice and early in the anticipation of another traffic jam on the M5. Instead, we hit traffic on the A road that takes us from Cornwall to the M5. Crawling along ridiculously slowly once again, Chris began to panic about potentially missing our flight.
Apparently that day was also the start (or possibly the end) of the Royal Cornwall Show, which would explain the traffic. We had a break from the traffic when we stopped for a burger and chips at a little roadside cafe, and then hit the road again. Once we got onto the M5 the traffic was much better, and in the end we made it to the airport roughly 3 hours before our flight was due to leave. Oh well, at least it was better than being late.
Once again, Lydia gave us the pleasant surprise of sleeping on the plane, so we were able to let the stress of driving in traffic fully disappear.
We left England behind us with plenty of memories of Lydia's first beach adventure. It had been a week of several firsts for her, including paddling in the sea, tasting sand and seawater, and eating a Cornish pasty and mussels (separately, mind you). I think we will head back to Cornwall with Lydia again in the future, but next time we'll hopefully have better weather!